Welcome To The Cradle Chronicles!

These are the crazy confessions of a first time mommy, and her adventures in world "mom-ination." If you are coming to this blogsite by way of People.com, chances are you’re already familiar with my writing style and “Mommy-centric” blog fodder. If not, I'll introduce myself with this brief summary: Suffice it to say, I have kids. Two, in fact. Now, I’m not suggesting this defines me entirely, but it certainly goes a long way toward explaining my daily trials and tribulations with spit-up and dirty diapers. Which brings me to… Welcome to The Cradle Chronicles! I hope you’ll continue coming back again and again for more of my motherhood anecdotes, and I look forward to hearing from you. Please keep an eye out for my book, "Situation Momedy," to be released by Medallion Press in 2015 and feel free to follow me on Twitter too!

--Photos in Welcome section courtesy of Mimosa Arts Photography--

June 13, 2014

So… I’m not really back. I pinky swear. I know this looks like I’m back, but I’m not. You know, lest I get into trouble for not following the orders I received that sounded a lot like “no blogging about your life secrets until next week.” So I’m not really back. This is actually just a mirage, a figment of your overactive imagination, a hallucination of epic proportions that somehow resembles my words on your screen. Isn’t it amazing what the mind is capable of?

But I digress.

Since this post doesn’t really exist, I should tell you that next week will be the true display of magic.

No, Mary Poppins will not be descending upon your household to nanny your children while you have all-day massages, nor will Harry Potter be stopping by to teach you how to clean your house with the mere flick of a wand. It’s not that kind of magic; keep dreaming. Rather, it’s the sort of magic that happens following a woman’s promise not to blog about the goings on in her life for three months. Because three months is a LONG time to ask a chatterbox like me to keep her mouth shut! Nonetheless, I will officially be back in blogging business before you can say “Abracadabra.” Until then, I’m posting some teasers about my return. Without, of course, giving away those aforementioned secrets. I hope. Of course, if you just head over to People.com later this week, you might get to read that official blog early. I’m just saying.

Today’s teaser has absolutely nothing to do with my *magic* return, as Father’s Day deserves it’s own blog. Hence, a little photo of the month for you, in honor of my baby’s daddy…

 

Daddy & Gray-- "Planting"

Daddy & Gray– “Planting”

 

Back in May, we started our yearly vegetable and herb garden. This year, we even spruced up our front yard by planting some Gardenias and mulching! A very ambitious endeavor, if I do say so myself. Anyway, Brad & Gray had some beautiful (albeit filthy) father/daughter time outside, while I made us all lunch. Their efforts yielded a happy garden AND a happy photo!

 

Until next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

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  • Kim Q says:

    I’m going to guess that you wrote a book. :) I guess I will find out soon. All the best to you and your sweet family.

  • NW Mama says:

    what a great photo. Love to see sweet little girl’s getting dirty in the yard with their dad. so precious.
    Just read the people article about you expanding your family, now how did I guess that back in April??? Mommies are good at guessing these things, lol.. Congrats to you and your family 2 little girls are so much fun! can’t wait until you start blogging for real again. Much love to you and yours.

  • Hello! I’ve been following your website for some time now and finally got the courage
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    Juust wanted to mention keep up the excellent job!

June 6, 2014

Dear My Fellow Mommies, Daddies (and Non-parents too!),

 

So… I promised myself I would keep to writing a new blog every week for you, and I’ve able to keep that promise for a good while now. 90 weeks to be exact! With that said, I’m about to go on an extended writing hiatus, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the long haul. I really appreciate and depend on your readership, and I suspect I’m going to go through some serious withdrawals without you! At the risk of being too cryptic, I’m about to work on a secret project that won’t enable me to share my mommy adventures for a while, either here on The Cradle Chronicles, or on People.com. I know that probably has your interest piqued and your mind reeling with questions, and I wish I could answer them! Suffice it to say I’ve signed some non-disclosure agreements, so my mouth is shut until that project is public, which I’m told may be some time in mid-June. Since I don’t have an exact date on that, you’ll just have to keep checking in to make sure you aren’t missing the good stuff! I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE  news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! Not to mention, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I hope?

Thanks for your understanding and your continued readership, and please join me again in June! If you want to keep in touch, please join me on Twitter, as I will still be dropping a sarcastic line or two from time to time. I’ll post some photos every now and again too, so you can keep up with Gray and I and our antics!

 

Until (a very delayed) next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

 

May 30, 2014

Dear My Fellow Mommies, Daddies (and Non-parents too!),

 

So… I promised myself I would keep to writing a new blog every week for you, and I’ve able to keep that promise for a good while now. 90 weeks to be exact! With that said, I’m about to go on an extended writing hiatus, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the long haul. I really appreciate and depend on your readership, and I suspect I’m going to go through some serious withdrawals without you! At the risk of being too cryptic, I’m about to work on a secret project that won’t enable me to share my mommy adventures for a while, either here on The Cradle Chronicles, or on People.com. I know that probably has your interest piqued and your mind reeling with questions, and I wish I could answer them! Suffice it to say I’ve signed some non-disclosure agreements, so my mouth is shut until that project is public, which I’m told may be some time in mid-June. Since I don’t have an exact date on that, you’ll just have to keep checking in to make sure you aren’t missing the good stuff! I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE  news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! Not to mention, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I hope?

Thanks for your understanding and your continued readership, and please join me again in June! If you want to keep in touch, please join me on Twitter, as I will still be dropping a sarcastic line or two from time to time. I’ll post some photos every now and again too, so you can keep up with Gray and I and our antics!

 

Until (a very delayed) next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

 

May 23, 2014

Dear My Fellow Mommies, Daddies (and Non-parents too!),

 

So… I promised myself I would keep to writing a new blog every week for you, and I’ve able to keep that promise for a good while now. 90 weeks to be exact! With that said, I’m about to go on an extended writing hiatus, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the long haul. I really appreciate and depend on your readership, and I suspect I’m going to go through some serious withdrawals without you! At the risk of being too cryptic, I’m about to work on a secret project that won’t enable me to share my mommy adventures for a while, either here on The Cradle Chronicles, or on People.com. I know that probably has your interest piqued and your mind reeling with questions, and I wish I could answer them! Suffice it to say I’ve signed some non-disclosure agreements, so my mouth is shut until that project is public, which I’m told may be some time in mid-June. Since I don’t have an exact date on that, you’ll just have to keep checking in to make sure you aren’t missing the good stuff! I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE  news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! Not to mention, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I hope?

Thanks for your understanding and your continued readership, and please join me again in June! If you want to keep in touch, please join me on Twitter, as I will still be dropping a sarcastic line or two from time to time. I’ll post some photos every now and again too, so you can keep up with Gray and I and our antics!

 

Until (a very delayed) next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

 

May 16, 2014

Dear My Fellow Mommies, Daddies (and Non-parents too!),

 

So… I promised myself I would keep to writing a new blog every week for you, and I’ve able to keep that promise for a good while now. 90 weeks to be exact! With that said, I’m about to go on an extended writing hiatus, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the long haul. I really appreciate and depend on your readership, and I suspect I’m going to go through some serious withdrawals without you! At the risk of being too cryptic, I’m about to work on a secret project that won’t enable me to share my mommy adventures for a while, either here on The Cradle Chronicles, or on People.com. I know that probably has your interest piqued and your mind reeling with questions, and I wish I could answer them! Suffice it to say I’ve signed some non-disclosure agreements, so my mouth is shut until that project is public, which I’m told may be some time in mid-June. Since I don’t have an exact date on that, you’ll just have to keep checking in to make sure you aren’t missing the good stuff! I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE  news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! Not to mention, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I hope?

Thanks for your understanding and your continued readership, and please join me again in June! If you want to keep in touch, please join me on Twitter, as I will still be dropping a sarcastic line or two from time to time. I’ll post some photos every now and again too, so you can keep up with Gray and I and our antics!

 

Until (a very delayed) next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

 

May 9, 2014

Dear My Fellow Mommies, Daddies (and Non-parents too!),

 

So… I promised myself I would keep to writing a new blog every week for you, and I’ve able to keep that promise for a good while now. 90 weeks to be exact! With that said, I’m about to go on an extended writing hiatus, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the long haul. I really appreciate and depend on your readership, and I suspect I’m going to go through some serious withdrawals without you! At the risk of being too cryptic, I’m about to work on a secret project that won’t enable me to share my mommy adventures for a while, either here on The Cradle Chronicles, or on People.com. I know that probably has your interest piqued and your mind reeling with questions, and I wish I could answer them! Suffice it to say I’ve signed some non-disclosure agreements, so my mouth is shut until that project is public, which I’m told may be some time in mid-June. Since I don’t have an exact date on that, you’ll just have to keep checking in to make sure you aren’t missing the good stuff! I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE  news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! Not to mention, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I hope?

Thanks for your understanding and your continued readership, and please join me again in June! If you want to keep in touch, please join me on Twitter, as I will still be dropping a sarcastic line or two from time to time. I’ll post some photos every now and again too, so you can keep up with Gray and I and our antics!

 

Until (a very delayed) next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

 

May 2, 2014

Dear My Fellow Mommies, Daddies (and Non-parents too!),

 

So… I promised myself I would keep to writing a new blog every week for you, and I’ve able to keep that promise for a good while now. 90 weeks to be exact! With that said, I’m about to go on an extended writing hiatus, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the long haul. I really appreciate and depend on your readership, and I suspect I’m going to go through some serious withdrawals without you! At the risk of being too cryptic, I’m about to work on a secret project that won’t enable me to share my mommy adventures for a while, either here on The Cradle Chronicles, or on People.com. I know that probably has your interest piqued and your mind reeling with questions, and I wish I could answer them! Suffice it to say I’ve signed some non-disclosure agreements, so my mouth is shut until that project is public, which I’m told may be some time in mid-June. Since I don’t have an exact date on that, you’ll just have to keep checking in to make sure you aren’t missing the good stuff! I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE  news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! Not to mention, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I hope?

Thanks for your understanding and your continued readership, and please join me again in June! If you want to keep in touch, please join me on Twitter, as I will still be dropping a sarcastic line or two from time to time. I’ll post some photos every now and again too, so you can keep up with Gray and I and our antics!

 

Until (a very delayed) next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

 

April 25, 2014

Dear My Fellow Mommies, Daddies (and Non-parents too!),

 

So… I promised myself I would keep to writing a new blog every week for you, and I’ve able to keep that promise for a good while now. 90 weeks to be exact! With that said, I’m about to go on an extended writing hiatus, and I hope you’ll stick with me for the long haul. I really appreciate and depend on your readership, and I suspect I’m going to go through some serious withdrawals without you! At the risk of being too cryptic, I’m about to work on a secret project that won’t enable me to share my mommy adventures for a while, either here on The Cradle Chronicles, or on People.com. I know that probably has your interest piqued and your mind reeling with questions, and I wish I could answer them! Suffice it to say I’ve signed some non-disclosure agreements, so my mouth is shut until that project is public, which I’m told may be some time in mid-June. Since I don’t have an exact date on that, you’ll just have to keep checking in to make sure you aren’t missing the good stuff! I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE  news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! Not to mention, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I hope?

Thanks for your understanding and your continued readership, and please join me again in June! If you want to keep in touch, please join me on Twitter, as I will still be dropping a sarcastic line or two from time to time. I’ll post some photos every now and again too, so you can keep up with Gray and I and our antics!

 

Until (a very delayed) next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

 

 

 

  • Kim Q says:

    All the best!

  • NW Mamma says:

    Good luck with your new project, soooooooooooooo does this mean Gray is going to get a sibling “I can guarantee I’ll have some HUGE news upon my return… it will definitely be worth the wait!!!!! ”
    I hope so, because you and your hubby make beautiful children. If not, that’s okay too. I love to read your blogs, will check in a little later to find out the news.
    Just found out that my oldest daughter is expecting, so here we go again with a baby in house, so excited!!!

April 18, 2014
The "Elvis Has Left The Building, But Not The Kitchen" Mousse

The “Elvis Has Left The Building, But Not The Kitchen” Mousse

         

        I’ll admit, I don’t know a whole heck of a lot about Elvis. Sure, I know he was married to dear old Priscilla, famously sang to a very nonplussed Basset Hound, and has probably been discussed in almost as many “life after death” accounts as Jesus. I know he put hip thrusting on the map, was such a hunk o’ burnin’ love that he made female fans cry and scream like banshees, rocked some seriously snazzy and bedecked pantsuits, and had Graceland built to house his family and gaudy collectibles. But I don’t know much else, unless you count that weird little fact that he supposedly dug peanut butter and banana sandwiches… Which is precisely what prompted me to create this week’s recipe, the “Elvis Has Left the Building, But Not The Kitchen” Mousse.   I’m not going to pretend to understand what drove the King’s  fascination with peanut butter and bananas. Maybe it’s a Memphis thing. Either way, the following recipe is enough to make me an official convert!

It’s a great after school snack for the kiddos, but I’ll let you decide if you feel like sharing!

 

The “Elvis Has Left The Building, But Not The Kitchen” Mousse

(Recipe by Jenna von Oy)

 

Ingredients:

1  Cup marshmallow cream or fluff

2 Oz. Philadelphia cream cheese

1/3  Cup Justin’s peanut butter (you can technically use any smooth peanut butter you’d like, but this stuff is IT!)

1/3 Cup Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter (aka heaven in a jar)

2/3 Cup heavy whipping cream

1-2 Fresh bananas, sliced

** I like to serve it with waffle cookies as well, just for variation!

Directions:  

~ Put the marshmallow cream,  cream cheese, peanut butter, and chocolate hazelnut butter in a food processor. Blend until well incorporated.

~ Add the heavy whipping cream and blend for 1-2 minutes more, or until it has a dense mousse-like consistency.

~ Don’t be cruel. Love em’ tender by serving with banana slices and wafer cookies. Yum!

 

Until next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

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April 11, 2014

 

         

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess

           

          We took a little family vacation recently (I’ll elaborate on that in a few weeks…), and there was a small, in-house farm on the grounds. While they didn’t have a petting zoo, per se, there were plenty of animals to distract and delight an almost two-year old. And her parents too, for that matter! We admired the beautiful horses, laughed at the goofy goats, and chased the squawking chickens. We even learned about the egg hatchery, and narrowly escaped stepping in animal landmines that Gray now refers to as, “chicken poopie.” (Lovely.) Since it had been raining the day before our visit, the farm area was a bit soggy and muddy, to say the least. But that didn’t stop us. After all, what’s a little water and dirt? I captured this series of photos as Gray discovered the beautiful mess that is: playing in the mud.

 

Until next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy

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  • Leah says:

    The expression on her face in the last photo is priceless!! I can only imagine the laughs that girl provides on a daily basis.

    I thought of your Brenda Lee moment a couple of weeks ago. I was watching the news, I think, and someone ran into her in some unexpected location in Nashville. I don’t recall now where it was!